HOUSTON – An attempted armed robbery at an illegal game room in southwest Houston ended in a deadly shootout overnight leaving one suspect dead and the manager injured.
According to the Houston Police Department, it happened near Hillcroft and Dunlap.
Investigators said in total three people tried to hijack the gambling facility.
Police said a woman and a man, both armed, marched in and shootout ensued between them and the manager and a security guard.
Another male suspect was on standby in one of their getaway cars, police said.
Police said the woman was shot several times and was dragged out by one of her partners before her two accomplices took off in their black Nissan, leaving her behind.
She died at the scene, police said.
Police had to force their way into the game room, after discovering the manager shot and locked up inside. They said the security guard had already taken off.
The manager was taken to a hospital and is now in stable condition.
Business owners like Luis Hernandez say this game room has been wreaking havoc, causing a spike in crime in the area.
“Before the game room, we don't have no problem over here, but now a lot of people we have two trucks, they're breaking windows going inside,” Hernandez, owner of Houston Foundation Repair, said.
KHOU 11 News also spoke with the owner of the building, our cameras were rolling as he tried to get a hold of his game store renter, who he says goes by “Junior.”
The owner claims he had no idea of the illegal activity taking place on his property.
If you have any information on this shooting, police are urging you to give them a call.